Al Skeoch

Recipient of the 1999 Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History

November 1, 1999

Forest Hill Collegiate, Toronto (Ontario)

Al Skeoch came out of retirement to teach high school history to a group of inner city teenagers, and students and colleagues alike are delighted that he did. Al involved his students in projects as diverse as the Toronto District School Board Millennium Project, a peacekeepers’ dialogue, folk art presentations and research projects. Al is a prolific writer, and has written and co-written several history texts and workshops. He has produced and written a number of historical videos. He has worked as a CBC Radio Noon resident historian, presenting the artifacts and social realities of rural life. Al is the winner of the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Teacher Award for Communication as well as the Paul Harris Fellow Award.